Mapping the Bones by Jane Yolen

Mapping the Bones

The year is 1942, and Chaim and Gittel, Polish twins, are forced from their beautiful home and made to live in the Lodz Ghetto. Their family's cramped quarters are awful, but when even those dire circumstances become too dangerous, their parents decide to make for the nearby Lagiewniki Forest, where partisan fighters are trying to shepherd Jews to freedom in Russia. The partisans take Chaim and Gittel, with promises that their parents will catch ...

Details Mapping the Bones

TitleMapping the Bones
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
PublisherPhilomel Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Fiction, World War II, Holocaust

Reviews Mapping the Bones

  • Jen Naughton
    Mapping The BonesAh, back to 1942 and World War 2. It's been three weeks since my last historical fiction novel set in this period. It's with a heavy heart that I recommend this book. I don't want these things to have happened and yet here we are. We see the true suffering of all the victims of the Nazi regime.As the author points out in her endnotes this story has three parts, just like the story of Hansel and Gretel. Twins Chaim and Gittel's st...
  • Amy
    Many thanks to Edelweiss and Penguin Random House for an advanced Kindle copy of this book. All opinions are my own.I was drawn to this tale of two children (Gittel and Chaim) during the Holocaust for a few reasons. 1-All of my students INHALE Holocaust books, so I like to keep a look out for new ones.2-Jane Yolen is an acclaimed author and highly recognizable in this style/genre, so I had high expectations.I was not disappointed. I have already ...
  • Darla
    Thank you to Penguin Random House and Edelweiss for an ARC of this novel.This is not a light and airy book -- it brings to mind "Night" by Eli Weisel although this particular work is historical fiction. Jane Yolen does a remarkable job of sharing the minds of twins Chaim and Gittel. Chaim is economical with the spoken word, but spins evocative poems out of the words he hears around him. My favorite portions of the book were Chaim's poems. Gittel'...
  • Tiffany
    First I’d like to thank Penguin Teen for sponsoring the giveaway that I received this awesome advanced copy book from. All opinions within this review are my own.I have never been big on reading holocaust related books before (it’s just very upsetting for me) but decided to give this one a chance and I’m really happy that I did. Jane Yolen did such an amazing job writing this book and creating the world this story lives in. It brings more u...
  • Samantha Erhart
    Thank you to Jane Yolen, Goodreads, Penguin Teen and Philomel Books for an advanced uncorrected galley of Mapping the Bones. I received my copy of this book as a giveaway, and my honest review is not required. Normally a 413 (ish) page book takes me around 2 days to get through. This book however, took me a couple more days. It was a hard, albeit good read. The subject matter is a hard one to stomach. This fictional story based in 1940s during th...
  • Anna
    Won from a Goodreads' giveawayThe characters may be fictional, but the events this heart wrenching story are based on are anything but fictional.Mapping the Bones follows a teenage boy Chaim, and his twin sister Gittel, after the Nazis have forced them from their home into a Jewish ghetto. From a tiny ghetto apartment, to forests, then eventually to a concentration camp, the twins find their family broken apart and their definition of normalcy fr...